Karl Fritschen - Public Presentations
Part of Karl Fritschen's many tasks as a senior executive planner that works in both the private and public sector of the industry is to be a face and spokesperson both for the people, and the administration. Karl has often found himself performing the demanding task of being the medium between the public, and the government body servicing and representing them. Karl's interactions between the two are necessary as information must be divulged and interpreted among both parties in a way that can be clearly and easily understood, while still allowing things to move along in a timely and efficient manner, and simultaneously still meeting everyone's needs and expectations. One can imagine how difficult this task can be, and a common anecdote in the industry is that things are easier done than said. Karl however, has been experienced in delivering public presentations for many years, ones that organize and summarize the plans of developers to show just exactly what they plan to do for and with the local community, whether it is corporate, commercial, or government. Karl says that the main goal of these presentations is to give everyone an understanding of what the plan is, and assure they are all on the same page.
Karl Fritschen has a natural knack for public presentations and speaking that most simply lack, which has allowed him to serve as a medium between the media and developers. Karl says that developers are not manipulative, and it is in their best interest to accommodate the people in the area, for business growth or government policy, and that problems only arise when there are miscommunications or misunderstandings, which is why public presentations are so important for the planning and administrative world. Karl has also found that a planner has to be a good educator, as many laypeople simply do not understand the planning vernacular. Because of this, one has to be patient and take the time to explain things thoroughly.
Public Education Funding- A Topic for Concern
There are many who have concerns about their local cities and counties and their ability to sustain a population they are intended to serve. People apply their interests into research and they learn about areas about their local government and from there they make an educated decision about what it is that they can do to help an area where they are concerned.
Sometimes a public servant has inside knowledge and is able to become familiar with public services in the various communities that they do their work. One of the greatest areas of concern, not only for the local and state governments but on a national level as well, is funding of the education system.
This is a hot yet political topic currently in the United States. There are some factions out there who believe you’re on your on with education and it is up to you to figure out t how to educate your child, while others, like Karl Fritschen , believe it is our national best interest to have a highly educated work force to remain competitive globally. In this situation, those who do the research and educate themselves about the situation or who have a strong concern should be willing to help make the situation as a whole better. Many times, it is the people who are parents of children in the system that have the greatest concern for their children and as such they need to make their voice heard.
It seems that every day more citizens grow concerned for their youth in the education system. One of the areas of concern is public funding. The current style of funding for schools is a program that rewards the schools that perform the best in the student testing. This would make sense in some cases, however, schools who really need the funding to aid their children are often times left out because their children did not perform high enough on standardized test. In this scenario, schools who have high testing scores, reap the benefits. It is the system that is broken.
As a concerned father and urban planner Karl Fritschen, who has worked with several communities, voiced his opinion saying, “Schools who perform well with student testing get more money and I do not think that this is a sound policy. I continue to preach the message [that funding should be spent on parks] it provides kids places to go and have social bonds…and promotes health”
Defending the Benefits of a Park
Parks in a community make a huge difference in the lives of those who live in the nearby neighborhoods. When a local park is established in an area, it provides more than just beatification. In fact, there are other ancillary benefits that come along with a park in a community.
- Neighborhoods with a park have lower crime rates
- A park promotes community and social bounding within a neighborhood, which in terms lowers crime
- Gives a safe feeling to residents
- Promotes a healthier lifestyle
- Gives the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with family
There is wide variety of benefits that a park gives a neighborhood, which is why many fight for the opportunity for a park to come into their neighborhood and for the continuation of the maintenance of a park.
At times, there come people, professionals, who do not see the clear importance of maintaining a public facility. Sadly in an era of tightening budgets and the public’s distaste for public funding, many parks fall in disrepair and become less used. This can have the opposite effect of a nice inviting well-maintained park in that less use means fewer eyes on the park opening the door for more suspicious unwelcome activity.
Karl Fritschen is a city planner and landscape architect that believes in the impact that a park makes for a community, neighborhood, and for families. Despite the continuing debates and ongoing discussions that are brought up in many cities, Karl Fritschen and those who see the positive impact of parks keep the faith and continually show the importance of public facilities and importance of continued maintenance. When the government "sets the table" for communities to thrive, and that includes creating quality park and recreation facilities for the use of the public.